CHA News Article

CDPH Establishes Voluntary Surgical Site Infection Validation Program
Participation deadline is Dec. 4

The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) program has implemented a voluntary surgical site infection (SSI) validation program. The program aims to help hospitals better assess the quality and accuracy of their SSI data.

All hospitals are eligible to participate; CDPH will identify hospitals as participating or non-participating in the next HAI report, published in the fall of 2016. When the report is published, CDPH will request a site visit at each hospital that did not participate in validation, as well as at each hospital in need of surveillance and reporting assistance, as indicated by the validation findings. The deadline to sign up and submit validation reports is Dec. 4. For information about the 2015 SSI validation process, visit For questions, contact